Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Dec 2009 22:16 UTC
Mac OS X Late last night (CET), we reported on the story that the VLC project needed more developers for the Mac version of this popular video player, or else the Mac variant may disappear. Just about every website out there reported on this issue, but it turns out it all got a bit exaggerated (on the internet? Surely you jest...). We spoke to VLC developer Pierre d'Herbemont to clarify the issue, and they've also put up a wiki page about the so-called demise of the Mac version of VLC. He also detailed what, exactly, they meant by "Apple is blocking us".
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RE[3]: Qt4 Interface?
by sbergman27 on Fri 18th Dec 2009 00:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Qt4 Interface?"
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In hindsight, I think it's pretty safe to say that keeping with the old code would never have led to anything like the modern Firefox.

I disagree. If they had refactored and replaced components in a controlled and orderly fashion instead of saying "Hey, let's throw out most of the existing codebase and start from scratch!" they would have had a usable and markettable product throughout the entire cycle rather than a slow and buggy product, not ready for prime time (but with perpetual "awesome nightlies!"), and wouldn't have had to claw their way back up from 1% market share or wherever the old Mozilla ended up. And arguably, they could have gotten to the current technical state of FF as fast, or possibly faster than they did. And likely with a higher current marked share than the badly trailing second place that they have managed world wide at this time. That IE's continued huge lead and Firefox's 25% or whatever is so often considered a 'victory' says more about the abysmal state of competition that we all just got used to than about the current state of competition.

Edited 2009-12-18 00:37 UTC

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